Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #27: The Unproject...Destruction with a Purpose...Shop Space............

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 08-22-2011 03:18 AM 1787 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this is an UnProject, so I really couldn’t call it a project now, could I????

But it is important, because it’s about MY SPACE. The Freezer, you know the d…. freezer is about to leave MY SPACE. Sherie has been diligently shredding documents from centuries ago, that took up space, much better suited…to the Freezer.

It’s a new freezer. The last one, a Gibson small chest freezer, bought in 1983, lasted until last year…27 years. Back in those days, Gibson built great freezers. The seals died. Not the compressor. We decided on an upright. Had Lowe’s do that, selected it on line, went to the store, and the next day, it was done, the old freezer gone…Good Show…Lowe’s. We would do that again for sure. Simplest and neatest appliance purchase ever. And We Got It On Sale!!!

OK,OK,OK…..carrying on here…..

So, Here I am in Mass Destruction Mode, taking down some shelves that were here when we moved here, in 1985. progress, starting…....

Now before we entered upon this horrific endeavor, of course, we had…

Senate hearings, and Environmental Protection Agency Impact Studies. With input from the public as required.

...meaning Sherie said, ”Get with the Program”.....and aren’t you gonna start repainting the garage walls as you do this?”


The Weapons of Mass Destruction…

Now, I bet these are all familiar to those of you in the do-it-yourself mode of umpteen year.

From the left…

1) Small wrecking bar, about 22 Caliber, ...would you believe, Roberts – Made in West Germany, with some stuff about the cast molding I can’t read. How old is that?

2) Standard Stanley Crow Bar, must be 45 Caliber, I think that is the brand, the label wore off decades ago.

3) Pry Bar. Found it in the shed by the house in Fairbanks in 1975….38 Caliber. It’s so old it might have fired musket balls. But it is stamped “Stanley – Alloy 1460”

4) Sledge Hammer – Craftsman. Full auto, and dominating, 50 Caliber. I think this is my third sledge hammer in my life, and I suspect it will be my last. Beautiful construction. First Class.

5) Hammer. Sob. Sob. It has been with me I suspect for 30 years at least. But the claw was no longer sharp. So I went and got another hammer on the rack, a Stanley Workmaster, and it took out those nails with a vengenance. Caliber 30-06.

6) Standard very old ViseGrip with heavily embossed jaws, made of first class steel. Caliber – Pellet Gun. Or maybe Fox Terrier. You somehow get the head of a nail exposed, and clamp that Terrier on it and lever up the ViseGrip with the 22 Caliber wrecking bar, and then you are in business….

OK, enuf of the WMD, we got her done…..........

The Freezer will fit right there!!!

The pile of wood, totally stripped of nails for saving or disposal…...

........and her is the goll dang freezer that is gonna be moved…........

Now that was a satisfying UnProject.

Got to use the WMD, and I am gonna get that freezer out of my shop.

Might be able to use some of the wood for shelves elsewhere, we’ll see.

James Bertelson reporting in the LumberJock war zone, that’s all for now, folks….........(-:

...Oh and for reference, any of you guys got bigger or better weapons?...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 03:23 AM

You cant beat destruction and the best part is you are gaining space.


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#2 posted 08-22-2011 03:34 AM

Every one needs more space… Except maybe Karson and Kent who have shops as big as Texas… and in Kent’s case… IN Texas…..Good job Jim…

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#3 posted 08-22-2011 03:35 AM

Yup, there is a satisfaction to righteous destruction, you get in the mood…...and things happen.

no plans
no measuring
no materials
no cost
no mistakes

...woodworking at it’s best….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 08-22-2011 03:36 AM

Atta Boy Jim!!! When I see these type things, I get all teary.

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#5 posted 08-22-2011 03:37 AM


Actually I have a few real shop things I have done, blog them later this week.

...but let’s face it, this was the most satisfying….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 03:49 AM


Well, this was fun. Taking down something I didn’t build, but using tools I have accumulated over 36 years.

Weapons of Mass, Destruction….....all right.

.......and for a good purpose.

Love the stuff you have been doing for the handicapped.

First Class.

We are having ham, in the oven, Sherie is making schmusher’ name for garlic mashed potatoes, and sweet corn a buddy of mine brought from southern Minnesota yesterday, he was visting with his folk there. Explosives expert with Homeland Security.

Hope all is fine there…......

Have a good one.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 08-22-2011 03:54 AM

A Saws-All with a demolition blade. Nothing is safe!!

But where are you going to put your collection of Shop Refrigerator Magnets??


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 04:16 AM

nice work Jim. Full auto sledge hammers are against the law up here in Canada, and recently the gov. is requiring us to register any wrecking bars above .22 caliber.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 08-22-2011 04:16 AM

I have a battery operated Saws-All…..Yup…..when all else fails it is the way to go. I managed to salvage all the lumber. The plywood shelves I may use, probably not the 2×4 supports. Got all the nails out, so it will save well, or dispose well.

I haven’t used this grouping of tools for awhile, so….it was kinda fun….......

Hope you and Mimi are doing well…........

No magnets on the freezer…....was trying to get it out of the shop….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 08-22-2011 04:20 AM

OK, I am with you….....the government agents are trying to keep us down. My brother up in Ely, Minnesota…..we grew up in Virginia, Minnesota…I’ll keep him appraised. Hmmmm…....22 Caliber….......

Must be worrying about Wolverines…....and the Camp Robber Jays….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 08-22-2011 04:43 AM

well ive almost gotten the feeling that im being called out into the street here…....and i feel like wyatt earps brother jim is doing th calling…... hear i am near clanton….we all know the story…ike clanton calls out wyatt earp to the ok corral….....well im commin jimmy…you look for me now…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 08-22-2011 05:28 AM


I think you’ve heard of the description of a very good salesman…

”He’s So Good, he can sell an Eskimo a Refrigerator”!! LOL

Well… the definition has just changed…

A Super Good Salesman…

”He’s SO GOOD, he can sell a Medical Doctor, in Alaska, a Super Nice FREEZER!” LOL

Lowe’s wins the title! LOL

And it takes a very smart MD in Alaska to make the best of the transaction!

You, Jim, gets that title!

Looks like a super good freezer!... in Alaska?! LOL


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 08-22-2011 06:35 AM

Let’s see your weapons, hombre….(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 08-22-2011 06:39 AM

Unfortunately…..or fortunately…it is not always freezing here…60 deg at 2030 hrs, sunshine, rain, heat, cool, name it, we have had it today…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 08-22-2011 06:48 AM


About the meal we ate. Ths Schmushers were great as usual. The ham was perfect….....

.....and then we look at these huge yellow ears of corn….....sweet corn….....?

Well let me tell you, we might as well have been eating candy bars. The best sweet corn I have ever had….and that is a no foolin’ statement. Picked 2 days ago in southern Minnesota.

My Dad who grew up in Minnesota farming country said the best sweet corn was picked just before dinner, when you were working on a threshing crew, and you threw the corn into the horse trough, and then stuck the steam hose from the steam tractor into the trough, and cooked it right there.

Hmmmm…....does that happen anywhere in this world anymore…......?

Do things change for the better?

I am up to my ears in corn, and heading for bed…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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